Friday, December 14, 2012

Swing Kids / Geography

"You've got to go along. We're not in charge. . . just make the best of things."
- Thomas, in expressing the average German's cooperation with the Nazi regime.

"Anytime you go along with them, it makes it easier for them."
- Arvid's statement as he encouraged fellow Germans to stand up against the Nazis.

"The whole country is Nazi."
- Peter's mother as she justifies her relationship with a Gestapo officer.

Deutsche vocab -
Juden: Jew.
Verrator: traitor.
Verboten: for bidden.
Herr: Mr.
Frau: Mrs or M'am.
Guten nacht: Good night.

Hitler's ethnocentric big lie: that Germans were descendants of the Aryans, an ethnic group of fair-skinned warriors.

Faust: ancient German tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil in return for prolonged youth and magical powers.

Albert Einstein: German physicist, a Jew, who was visiting the US when Hitler came to power in 1933. Einstein remained in the US and became a citizen in 1940.

1933 - 1945: Hitler's Third Reich.